Northeastern China, 15,000 Defend Falun Gong Practitioners
Wed Jun 20 2012
Fifteen thousand signatures and thumbprints were collected by 23-year-old Qin Rongqian on a petition demanding an investigation into her father’s wrongful death and the release of her mother and sister from detention. (The Epoch Times)
A 23-year-old woman whose father was tortured to death for his faith in the spiritual practice Falun Gong collected signatures and thumbprints from 15,000 residents of northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province in a petition that urges the Communist regime to investigate his case and to free her imprisoned mother and sister. This is the third time in the last two months that Chinese citizens have signed petitions on behalf of Falun Gong practitioners.
“As a girl I do not have money nor do I have power,” wrote Qin Rongqian in her petition dated May 31, “But I believe in justice and the Chinese people’s moral values. How can those who have power jail and murder ordinary people at will?” Several articles published by the Falun Gong website Minghui provide the source for this article.
On Feb. 26, 2011, Qin Rongqian was informed that her father Qin Yueming had died at Jiamusi Prison in Heilongjiang days after being taken by authorities to a special task force in charge of making Falun Gong practitioners renounce their beliefs. Two other practitioners of Falun Gong were tortured to death by the task force within weeks after Yueming’s death.
“Every signature and thumbprint of yours, your kindness and attention to the matter will help my family find justice for my father and freedom for my sister and mother,” wrote Qin in her petition.
Rongqian’s mother Wang Xiuqing and her sister Hailong, who is younger than Rongqian, were arrested and sentenced in November 2011, to one and one-half years of forced labor.
In Chinese culture, thumbprints represent a commitment to serious oaths.
Demand For Truth
On Feb. 26, 2011, the Qin family received a call from the prison telling them that Yueming “suddenly died” as his day of release was coming close.
“This was a bang in the head,” wrote Rongqian. “For the past nine years we hoped to get him back to us, and our hope was smashed.”
Wang Xiuqing, wife of Qian Yueming and mother of Qin Rongqian and Qin Hailong. (The Epoch Times)
The family rushed to the prison only to witness a scene of horror. “My father’s facial expressions clearly indicated that he was suffering. His lips had turned purple. When we flipped his body over, blood poured out from his mouth and nose. His chest, neck, back, waist, and legs were dark purple or black color and covered in bruises,” described Rongqian.
Rongqian, Hailong, and Wang Xiuqing rejected the explanation from the prison that Yueming died of “natural causes” and “a heart attack.”
The prison refused to give an official statement with the reason for the death or the video recording from the surveillance camera taken of Yueming before he died. After many requests from the Qins, prison officials told them that the video recordings “were wiped out.”
The prison suggested that the case could be solved just between them and the Qin family, to which the Qin family answered “No.”
An insider told Rongqian that her father died of violent force-feeding after the feeding tubes touched his lung. “Within six days [after being put in the task force], my father was tortured to death,” said Rongqian.
In the following five months, Rongqian and her sister and mother visited many officials and demanded they investigate the truth behind Yueming’s death. Everyone refused.
On Aug. 5, 2011, Jiamusi Prison informed them, “Qin Yueming died of natural causes, and therefore no compensation will be issued.” The Qin family was repeatedly followed and threatened by the authorities as they sought justice for Yueming’s death.
On Nov. 13, 2011, Harbin City’s Public Security Bureau arrested Wang Xiuqing and Hailong in a joint effort with Shuangcheng City’s Public Security Bureau. They have since been detained at Qianjin Labor Camp in Harbin City.
Representatives from Heilongjiang Province’s 610 Office—the Party organ set up specifically to persecute Falun Gong—and the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee held brainwashing sessions at the labor camp and demanded that Wang Xiuqing and Hailong withdraw their appeal for an official investigation into the death of the girls’ father.
On Dec. 31, 2011, the Lunar Calendar birthday that Rongqian shares with her mother, she attempted to send her mother and sister a package. In response, the local Public Security Bureau tied Hailong to a tiger bench—a form of torture in which the victim is secured to a bench, with the knees pressed down and the ankles elevated—for eight hours.
The Missed Reunion
Rongqian’s father Yueming started practicing Falun Gong in 1997, and was known throughout the village for his good deeds for others. As a shop owner he served his customers well.
He also helped repair damaged roads in his village. Fellow villagers said that they were taken care of by “the Falun Gong practitioner.”
After the former head of the CCP Jiang Zemin initiated the persecution against Falun Gong in 1999, Yueming was targeted. He spent three years in labor camp from 1999 to 2002.
Qin Yueming’s body was covered in bruises when he died. (The Epoch Times)
Shortly after his release, the police came to arrest Yueming again. Fearing not having her father by her side again, Rongqian tried to stop the police. That year, Rongqian was 13 years old. The police detained her for a month, which was illegal given Rongqian’s age, and interrogated her about the identities of Falun Gong practitioners. Yueming was given another sentence of 10 years. He was scheduled to be released this year.
Wang Xiuqing was also frequently jailed after 1999. In order to support herself and her sister, who is younger, Rongqian started washing dishes in restaurants when she was 16.
“When we saw others gather with their families and parents, my sister and I also hoped to be with our parents. Everyday, we counted how many days were left until dad could come home,” wrote Rongqian in her petition letter. “Our hearts broke after knowing that he died in prison.”
Yueming’s case is similar to that of Wang Xiaodongin Zhouguantun Village in Hebei Province and Zheng Xiangxing in Tangshan City, also in Hebei Province. All three men were admired by their neighbors who, given the opportunity, have braved possible retaliation to stand up for them.
In mid-April 300 villagers signed a petition on behalf of Wang Xiaodong and at the end of May, 526 villagers signed a petition for Zheng Ziangxing.
When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose thepersecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.
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A Chinese Call for Help
The box of decorations had actually been stored away for a while, until Julie Keith, 42, decided to use the unopened graveyard kit purchased from Kmart to decorate for her daughter’s upcoming birthday party.
As she opened the box of decorations, she discovered a paper folded very small, into eighths, tucked away in between two of the Styrofoam headstones.
The letter was a plea for help from one of the laborers that worked on assembling it at the Chinese production facility. It turned out that the facility that manufactured the decorative kit for Kmart was the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, China.
The letter pleaded the person who discovered it to report the labor camp to a global human rights organization.
“If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”
Conditions in Chinese Labor Camps
Nearly a year ago, our own China correspondent WC described these working conditions in an article titled, “The Street Guide to the Reality of Chinese Business”.
In that article, WC explained that many of these forced labor camp jobs are some of the very same American jobs that were outsourced by U.S. corporations. This is a reality that not only the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t want you to know, it’s a reality that U.S. corporations don’t want you to know.
One manager at a Chinese plant told WC that production in China is maintained through fear.
“The point is to keep them fearful. To let them know that they are expendable. They need to live in fear to be productive.” (3)
WC explained that this “expendable” workforce is exploited not only by the Communists, but by U.S. companies that come into the country to manufacture products more cheaply. WC explained that this wasn’t only about Apple producing iPhones. Many mainstream American companies are taking the same approach to bypass American labor laws by manufacturing in China, where there may be some labor laws, but they are poorly or never enforced.
Although the law states otherwise, 28 day work months at 12 hours per day is the norm. If one takes the time to ask, they would know this, but then again maybe the truth is not what people are really after.
Sure, the Chinese press will attack a foreign company every now and again for abusing Chinese labor laws. The sad fact, however, is that this is, in fact, business as usual in China. (3)
Business as usual – as now evidenced by a plea for help in a cheap Halloween toy box, put there by a Chinese worker. That note is like a message in a bottle, sent out into a world filled with detached and unsympathetic consumers, interested only in saving a few dollars at the expense of an entire country of exploited laborers.
The letter described what sort of work conditions and pay that the workers at the Masanjia Labor Camp have to deal with.
“People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torture, beatings [sic] and rude remarks. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).”
Could you imagine the outpouring of rage and support for workers if a U.S. company tortured workers for failing to work on weekends, and paying them what amounts to $1.61 a month?
The letter explains that the tragedy is not only slave labor conditions, but the fact that the imprisonment is for religious beliefs. The workers are only there, without trial, because they are part of Falun Gong, a belief system that is not “sanctioned” by the Chinese government, and therefore considered a crime to practice.
Sears, which owns and operates Kmart, attempted to downplay the message in a press release regarding the letter.
“Sears Holdings has a Global Compliance Program, which helps to ensure that vendors and factories producing merchandise for our company adhere to specific Program Requirements, and all local laws pertaining to employment standards and workplace practices.”
It is important to note that one little magic phrase – local laws – that should provide shoppers with a bit of insight as to how U.S. companies are getting away with bypassing U.S. labor laws by having products made in China.
WC wrote it best in his article, “Inconvenient Truths About Doing Business in China”, when he wrote:
Is it possible that under the auspices of enhancing shareholder value, big US business is selling out America to China?
Hoping to hide behind the Great Wall of obfuscation, US business and government must pray that the truth about doing business in China does not rear its ugly head. If the people in the US knew the reality hidden from them, they may never step foot in Walmart again. (4)
It is just such a letter revealing the truth about American companies doing business in China that such big companies fear, because imagine the ramifications if enough Western shoppers wake up to the fact that with each purchase of “Made in China” they are voting in favor of such inhumane and unethical human rights practices.
What can you do about it? Check the tag. Pay a dollar or two more in favor of protecting human rights around the world. The world will be a better place in the end because of your choice.
Ryan Dube is editor-in-chief of TSW and an electrical engineer in the automation industry. He spends his time investigating declassified government documents, legends and conspiracy theories. Ryan has 481 post(s) at Top Secret Writers